Mapping groundwater contamination risk using gis and groundwater modelling. A case study from the gaza strip, palestine

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Increasing pressure on water resources worldwide has resulted in groundwater contamination, and thus the deterioration of the groundwater resources and a threat to the public health. Risk mapping of groundwater contamination is an important tool for groundwater protection, land use management, and public health. This study presents a new approach for groundwater contamination risk mapping, based on hydrogeological setting, land use, contamination load, and groundwater modelling. The risk map is a product of probability of contamination and impact. This approach was applied on the Gaza Strip area in Palestine as a case study. A spatial analyst tool within Geographical Information System (GIS) was used to interpolate and manipulate data to develop GIS maps of vulnerability, land use, and contamination impact. A groundwater flow model for the area of study was also used to track the flow and to delineate the capture zones of public wells. The results show that areas of highest contamination risk occur in the southern cities of Khan Yunis and Rafah. The majority of public wells are located in an intermediate risk zone and four wells are in a high risk zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-494
Number of pages12
JournalArabian Journal of Geosciences
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Capture zones
  • Drastic
  • Gaza Strip
  • GIS
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Risk mapping
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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